January 24, 2013

Chuck Hagel - It's the anti-Americanism, stupid by Caroline Glick

Chuck Hagel hates Jews. Or should I say, he hates Jews who think that
Jews have rights and that their rights should be defended, in Israel
by the government and the IDF, in America by Israel's supporters.

As I mentioned before, it is not at all surprising that Obama
appointed Hagel, and I see little  chance that the Senate will reject
his appointment. Israel and its American friends however can take
heart that Israel will not be Hagel's chief concern.

Hagel -- and Obama -- have bigger fish to fry than Israel. They are
looking to take on the US military. They will slash military budgets,
they will slash pensions and medical benefits for veterans in order to
save a couple dollars and demoralize the military. They will
unilaterally disarm the US to the point where America's antiquated
nuclear arsenal will become a complete joke. And I don't see the
military capable of stopping it. Anyone remember the F-22?

I find the whole Israel angle on Hagel irritating because of this.
Yes, Hagel will be bad to Israel. But we can minimize the damage by
diversifying our own arsenal and weaning ourselves off of US military
handouts that only serve as work subsidies for US military contractors
at the expense of Israeli ones.Moreover, for years that military aid
has been a corrupting force on Israel's general staff. I've been
advocating ending US military aid to Israel for more than a decade,
but better late than wait until we find ourselves at war and out of
spare parts because Hagel and Obama won't sign the requisition orders
to Boeing and Lockheed.

Unlike Israel, the US military cannot minimize the damage that Hagel
and Obama will cause. America's capabilities will suffer at the hands
of the duly reelected Commander in Chief and his duly appointed
Defense Secretary. The only chance to dodge that bullet was on
Election Day and the American people blew it.

By making this a story about Hagel the anti-Semite, nice senators like
Lindsey Graham and John McCain are obfuscating the main problem. The
main reason Hagel shouldn't be appointed is not because he hates
Israel. It is because he hates a strong America.

But then, that is why Obama appointed him. The American people in
their wisdom, reelected Obama despite the fact that he wants to cut
America down to size, strangle the economy in regulations and
unaffordable welfare handouts and then gut its military. By making
Hagel's appointment about Israel all his opponents are doing is giving
Hagel and his supporters new excuses for sticking it to Israel.

It was Obama and his supporters that started the myth that Netanyahu
was interfering in the elections, even though he did no such thing.
All Netanyahu did was welcome Romney to Israel during the campaign,
just as Olmert welcomed then senator Obama to Israel before the 2008

Obama, Hagel and their army of media outlets and operatives are
setting Israel up to take the blame for everything they do and in the
process seeking to demonize Israel's prime minister before the
American people. The campaign against Hagel the anti-Semite just plays
into that while hiding the real problem which is that he is

NOTABLY, AT the same time that the US electorate decided they'd had it
with being the indispensable nation and so reelected a man who said
the US is as exceptional as Greece, Israelis have decided we've had
enough with trying to pretend we're nothing special.

Next week we're going to vote and it is already clear that Israel is
in the midst of the Second Zionist Revolution. The first Zionist
revolution was a socialist revolution. The second Zionist revolution
is Jewish. Israel is coming into its own. Judaism is flourishing,
changing, living and breathing here like it never has anywhere since
the destruction of the Second Commonwealth. The secular Left has been
eclipsed by the Jewish Right. I don't call it the religious Right
because that is too limiting. What's happening isn't just about
religion, it's about everything and that is why non-observant hipsters
in Tel Aviv are voting for the Jewish Home party. Non-observant and
observant Jews are joining forces and the anti-religious are being
left behind.

As my content editor at Latma Avishai Ivri explained to me a couple
weeks ago, all the polling data we're seeing is largely worthless
because it is based on calls to landlines and most young Israelis
don't have landlines. Two thirds of the Jewish Home party's voters are
under 40 and the party is polling at 14-18 seats in polls that
under-represent their supporters. I don't pretend to know how the
election results are going to look but it is clear that a massive
change has occurred in the last few years and it will only become more
pronounced in the coming years. Next week's election will be the first
formal expression of this change.

Some fear that Netanyahu will take his electoral victory, throw it in
the garbage and replay Sharon's perfidy, by spitting on his voters and
his party and forming a narrow coalition with the far Left in order to
appease the anti-Semites in Washington. But I don't see that
happening. First, Netanyahu isn't as shameless as Sharon and he
doesn't seem to have the dictatorial impulses Sharon suffered from.

Second, I don't think he has the people in Likud that would let him go
that route. Sharon had Olmert and Livni who were happy to toss their
values out the window for job promotions. Netanyahu is the head of the
most right wing Likud list ever. The lefties he pushed into the
cabinet despite his party members' objections last time around - Dan
Meridor, Benny Begin and Michael Eitan -- were obliterated in the
primaries. Netanyahu can't bring them in this time, even if he wants
to. So that means he doesn't really have the ability to abandon his
base, even if he wanted to. And again, I don't think he'd want to.

What all of this means is that beginning next month, we are in all
likelihood going to see a post-American US government squaring off
against the first genuinely Jewish Israeli government ever. I don't
know what will happen when they meet. But I know it will be great
material for my column.

Oh, and for Latma. Here's a song we produced two weeks ago that I
believe gives voice to the public mood today. (Yes, I've been remiss
in posting our shows, sorry, I have been busy. But my next entry is
Latma's last two episodes.)

And a note to my loyal readers, I do apologize for taking a leave of
absence from the Jerusalem Post. I miss writing my columns as much as
you miss reading them.

But I hope when you buy (multiple copies of) my book later this year,
you will say that it was time well spent away from you.

Oh, and one last thing, if you are an American Jew and trying to
figure out who to contribute your money to, here's a good litmus test:
Hagel. Is organization X (say, for instance, AIPAC), voicing
opposition to Hagel or are they supporting him, or are they sitting on
the fence? If it's one of the latter two, tear up the check.

And no, this doesn't contradict my point about Israel not being the
problem with Hagel. He is an anti-Semite. And for American Jewish
groups to remain silent about his appointment is worse than
irresponsible. It is treacherous. My point about Hagel being
anti-American is that the groups that should be leading the campaign
against him are the American Legion and the Veterans' of Foreign Wars
not AIPAC and the ADL, not that AIPAC and the ADL should be silent.

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